For kids of color, especially those in North Tulsa, A Gathering Place just might be where reading and having fun finally converge ― and where their imaginations can roam just as much as their bodies will.
In American schools, black children are less likely to see teachers who look like them, so Kandice’s role is essential for self-esteem building and cultural empowerment for her students of color.
I pray that my students will be so lucky enough to arrive in a classroom with a culturally competent teacher who looks like them and is passionately and unapologetically black. And should they not land in a class with a teacher who does not share the same racial ancestry, my next prayer is that they will encounter a benevolent teacher who will love and celebrate them as I have done. I pray they will gain a wonderful pedagogue or role model who will tell them that the sky is the limit for them and that they can be whatever their heart so desires.
“Low-income minority schools are unequal because of a lack of funding and resources,” and that as a result “most minority schools can’t compete with higher-income schools.”
She made me a better man, and she holds me down like I know that no other woman could. We have been through many hurdles together. She is a visionary and someone who works as hard as I do. That makes all the difference in our marriage, which always leaves room for a hopeful future as we grow older as a married couple.
We’re no longer satisfied with living in a city with just a lot of black people; we want to live in a place where black people are organized and working towards a common conscientious goal. When we consider this new way of thinking in the new black millennial, it tears down all the indicators the prognosticators use to craft their crystal ball images.
Last night, in partnership with Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) and Kara Kelty, we had a small gathering of Teach For America (TFA) corps members and alumni in our home to discuss the state of education in OK and how we might best advocate on behalf of all our children. We had two elected leaders in the house – our city councilor, Vanessa Hall Harper, and School Board member and TFA alum, Amy Shelton.